Karen is coming!

Workers board up a hardware store in Pensacola, Florida, USA (AP)

Workers board up a hardware store in Pensacola, Florida, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

Tropical Storm Karen stalled today as it moved toward the American Gulf Coast but forecasters say it will still bring high winds and heavy rain to an area from Louisiana to Florida.

Voluntary evacuations are in place for low-lying areas of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans is expecting flooding and power outages.

Karen was poised to be only the second named storm to make landfall in the United States during an unusually quiet hurricane season.

The first was Tropical Storm Andrea which hit Florida in June and its remnants drenched the Maritimes.

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